Changing my first name

I am a girl named Marco, and I'm planning to change my name to something that sounds more girlish.  I'm thinking of Mar, Marca, Margo and Marah.  Any thoughts?

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October 6, 2016 1:39 AM

Marco is an Italian form of Marcus (Mark). Feminine forms or variants are rare (it derives from the name of the war god Mars, traditionally a hyper-masculine association), but there's Marcella, Marcia/Marsha, Marcellina/e, Marcy.

Luckily, there are a ton of options if you go by sound, because there are a lot of feminine names that start with Mar-: all of the Mary-names, Margaret and its many variants, Martha, Martina, Mar(i)na, Marva. (Mary-derivatives alone is dozens of names, from Mary and Maria to Marlena and Marylou.)

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October 6, 2016 11:05 AM

I like all of your choices, for different reasons.

To my (Midwest American) ear, Margo sounds the most similar while still being an established feminine name. I generally prefer the French -t ending, but in your case I think preserving the original ending makes a lot of sense.

Marca is the most obvious derivative of your original name, switching the Latinate -o ending for the Latinate -a ending, so if preserving meaning is important, it's a good choice.

Marah and Mar (or Mari) sound like obvious feminine nicknames for Marco, so I think you could use either/any without officially changing your name at all.

Overall, I'd go with one of the nicknames for a while and see how it feels, and possibly also try out Margo (I suspect that a lot of people who know you as Marco would not even hear the difference when someone else says Margo).

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October 6, 2016 5:29 PM

My cousin Marcela goes by Marco, so Marcela seems like an obvious choice to me. Personally, I'd switch to Margo, though, as that is so similar. It seems like it would be an easy change.